Despite finishing the season with a losing record the UCLA Bruins were still invited to a Bowl Game. This is the first instance of a team with a losing record playing in a Bowl Game in 10 years. Their opponent – the Illinois Fighting Illini – is also making history by being the first FBS football team to lose six consecutive games, after starting the season 6-0.
Both teams fired their respective coaches at season's end.
These two programs have previously met three times in Bowl Games, with UCLA winning two.
Game: Hunger Bowl
Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, 3:30 p.m. ET
Betting Odds: Illinois by 2.5
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